A bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend from the critically acclaimed author of The Boneless Mercies.
On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister Morgunn is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls.
Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known and joins a shaven-headed druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword. On their travels, Torvi and her companions will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death…
Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.
I loved the boneless mercies and was really excited about this. April’s writing is just so beautiful, and that can really be seen throughout this book.
I love the in universe stories woven throughout, and the way Torvi’s journey unfolds. And Torvi herself is lovely, as are Madoc and Gyda. I also ADORED the references to the Boneless Mercies.
The Arthurian vibes were minor (sadly), and I love the Norse influences we see across both books. I did like how both were sorted of twisted along though, nothing is too much what you think.
This book is a little slow, which is what leads me to give a 3.5 rating, plus the ending left me a little adrift. I think I wanted a little more. But all that said, I love the way the story moves and the lyricism of the language, so I really can’t complain too much! 😂 I’m hopeful for a follow up, I really feel it deserves one 💙
Buy Seven Endless Forests from Waterstones.